The NFL Players Association has projected next season’s salary cap to be no less than $143 million, a $10 million increase over last season.
According to USA Today, NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith told player agents about the expected salary cap.
The cap will take effect on March 10, which marks the beginning of the 2015 league year and free agency period. Last year’s salary cap was $133 million, which was a record. In 2012, the cap was set at $123 million.
The league told team owners in December that it expected the 2015 salary cap to be between $138.6 million and $141.8 million.
According to Overthecap.com, four teams — the St. Louis Rams, Pittsburgh Steelers, New England Patriots and New Orleans Saints — are the only teams currently over the salary cap, with the Jacksonville Jaguars, Oakland Raiders, Cleveland Browns having more than $50 million in cap space.
The Jaguars and the Raiders are two of 10 teams that must increase spending on their payroll over the next two seasons.
- Scooby Axson